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Chinese oral history project collection, 1914-1989, bulk 1958-1980

Summary Information

Abstract

The Chinese oral history project collection provides a wealth of information on the development of the project and its interviews with eminent Chinese political figures abroad in the United States and Hong Kong from 1958 to 1980s. The highlights of the collection consist of the administrative subject files, correspondence, interview photographs and reports, transcript drafts, collected autobiographies and manuscripts, audio recordings, and card files of names mentioned in the transcripts.

At a Glance

Call No.: Chinese Oral History
Bib ID 4078603 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Columbia University. Chinese Oral History Project
Title Chinese oral history project collection, 1914-1989, bulk 1958-1980
Physical Description 38 Linear Feet (38 linear feet in 86 manuscript boxes, 1 record carton, 7 card catalog drawers, and 4 index card boxes)
Language(s) Materials primarily in English and Chinese.
Access

Memoirs, published in microform, may not circulate via interlibrary loan. Microform copies of individual memoirs may be ordered directly from the Columbia University Oral History Research Office (801 Butler Library). Memoirs published in microform are: Franklin Lien Ho; Hu Shih; Wellington Koo; Li Hanhun; Li Huang; Li Shuhua; Tingfu Fuller Tsiang; Zuo Shunsheng.

The following boxes are located off-site: 37-70. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

Arrangement

Arrangement

Arranged in five series. Series 1: Project files. Series 2: Interviewee files. Series 3: Autobiographies and manuscripts. Series 4: Card files. 該檔案分為五個系列。 系列1:項目文件。 系列2:受訪者文件。 系列3:自傳和手稿。 系列4:名稱索引卡片。

Description

Summary

The Chinese oral history project (COHP) collection documents the internal and external communication between the COHP staff and its participants as well as other affiliated institutions dating from 1958 to 1980. The collection contains administrative subject files, interviewee files which include correspondence, interview photographs and portraits, transcripts versions, reports, as well as autobiographies and manuscripts related to modern Chinese history collected during the course of the project. The collection also contains audio recordings of interviews and microfilm materials.

  • Series 1: Project Files, 項目文件

    Series 1 consists of administrative subject files which includes annual reports, correspondence, budgets, NEH grant files, information about publications in microform, publication issues as well as other subject matters. Materials also include correspondence and index to the affiliated projects such as the Academia Sinica oral history project and the China Missionaries oral history project.

  • Series 2: Interviewee Files, 受訪人文件

    Series 2 consists of correspondence, interview photographs and/or portraits of interviewees, interview records, and transcript draft versions and copies.

  • Series 3: Autobiographies and manuscripts, 自傳和手稿

    Series 3 consists of autobiographies and manuscripts collected by the COHP.

  • Series 4: Card files, 人名索引卡片

    Series 5 consists of 7 name card file drawers (in the RBML reference area) and 4 index boxes of names mentioned in the interview transcripts.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

Memoirs, published in microform, may not circulate via interlibrary loan. Microform copies of individual memoirs may be ordered directly from the Columbia University Oral History Research Office (801 Butler Library). Memoirs published in microform are: Franklin Lien Ho; Hu Shih; Wellington Koo; Li Hanhun; Li Huang; Li Shuhua; Tingfu Fuller Tsiang; Zuo Shunsheng.

The following boxes are located off-site: 37-70. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Unpublished memoirs produced by the Academia Sinica and the China Missionaries Project may not be photocopied. For permission to photocopy from these memoirs, write directly to the Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica, NanKang, Taipei, Taiwan; or China Missionaries Project, Claremont Graduate School Oral History Program, 901 North College, Claremont, CA 91711.

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Chinese oral history project collection; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Materials

The following are the affiliated oral history projects:Academia Sinica oral history project;China missionaries project.

The following are the finalized memoirs are cataloged individually:

Reminiscences of Choy Jun-ke, 蔡增基口述回憶錄

Reminiscences of Kuang-fu Ch'en, 陳光甫口述回憶錄

Reminiscences of Li-fu Ch'en, 陳立夫口述回憶錄

Reminiscences of Ho Lien (Franklin L. Ho), 何廉口述回憶錄

Reminiscences of Shih Hu, 胡適口述回憶錄

Reminiscences of Vi Kyuin Wellington Koo, 顧維鈞口述回憶錄

Reminiscences of H. H. Kung, 孔祥熙口述回憶錄

Reminiscences of Han-hun Li, 李漢魂口述回憶錄

Reminiscences of Huang Li: manuscript, 李璜口述回憶錄

Reminiscences of Shu-Hua Li, 李書華口述回憶錄

Reminiscences of Tsung-jen Li, 李宗仁口述回憶錄

Reminiscences of Huang Shen I-yun, 黃沈亦云口述回憶錄

Reminiscences of Ting-fu Fuller Tsiang, 蔣廷黻口述回憶錄

Reminiscences of Wu KuoCheng, 吳國楨口述回憶錄

Reminiscences of Fa-k'uei Chang, 張發奎口述回憶錄

Reminiscences of Shun-sheng Tso, 左舜生口述回憶錄

The following are personal paper collections of the interviewees:

Kwang Pu Chen papers, 陳光甫檔案

Chen Lifu papers, 陳立夫檔案

Hu Chuan and Hu Shih papers, 胡傳與胡適檔案

Huang Fu papers, 黃郛檔案

Wellington Koo papers, 顧維鈞檔案

H.H. Kung papers, 孔祥熙檔案

Hanhun Li and Chu Fang Wu papers, 李漢魂與李吳菊芳檔案

Li Huang papers, 李璜檔案

Li Shuhua Papers, 李書華檔案

Li Zongren papers, 李宗仁檔案

Collection on Liu Ruiheng, 劉瑞恆彙集

Tingfu Tsiang papers, 蔣廷黻檔案

Zhang Fakui papers, 張發奎檔案

Alternate Form Available

Microforms available.

Transcripts available.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 05/02/1989. Processed in August 2018 by Yingwen Huang. Title changed from "Autobiographies and related papers" to "Chinese oral history project collection" to reflect the contents of the collection according to DACS standard. Materials were rehoused in appropriate sized and buffered folders and boxes. All photographs were rehoused in mylars. All audio records were rehoused in record carton and planned for Time Based Media digitization project as of 2018; 14 reels of audio recordings with vinegar odors remain housed in a separated box. Some interviewees' personal papers were separated and described as their own collection during processing due to the collection's provenance and also for better access and discovery. Interviewees with personal paper collections: Chen Guangfu, Chen Lifu, Wellington Koo, Kung H.H., Li Hanhun and Mme. Wu Chufang, Li Huang, Li Shuhua, Li Zongren, Liu J. Heng, Huang Fu, Hu Shih, Tsiang Tingfu Fuller, and Zhang Fakui. Researchers may find the personal papers in CLIO or in the related materials of this finding aid.

Separated Materials

Interviewees' personal papers were separated and described as their own collection during processing due to their collection's provenance and also for better access and discovery. Interviewees with personal paper collections: Chen Guangfu, Chen Lifu, Wellington Koo, Kung H.H., Li Hanhun and Mme. Wu Chufang, Li Huang, Li Shuhua, Li Zongren, Liu J. Heng, Huang Fu, Tsiang Tingfu Fuller, and Zhang Fakui. Researchers may find the personal papers on CLIO. 受訪者個人歷史檔案在整理過程中被分為各自的個人歷史檔案以便偏目, 搜索, 和利用。有個人檔案的受訪者為:陳光甫, 陳立夫, 顧維鈞, 孔祥熙, 李漢魂與李吳菊芳, 李璜, 李書華, 李宗仁, 劉瑞恆, 黃郛, 蔣廷黻, 張發奎。學者可利用CLIO搜索以上陳列的個人檔案。

Revision Description

2009-06-26 File created.

2018-09-13 EAD finding aid was updated.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

All links open new windows.

Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Annual reports Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Audio tapes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Clippings (Information Artifacts) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Documents Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Interviews Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Inventories Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ledgers (account books) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Manuscripts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Manuscripts (for publication) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Memoir Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Microfilms Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Oral histories Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photoprints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reports Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sound recordings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Transcripts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
negatives (photographs) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Academia Sinica (Taipei, Taiwan) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bolocan, Alice Kwong Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cai, Zengji Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Catalogs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chang, Kia-ngau, 1889-1979 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chen, Guangfu, 1881-1976 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chen, Lifu, 1900-2001 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chen, Qitian, 1893-1984 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chin, Lillian Chu Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chinese Missionaries Project Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Claremont Graduate School Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University. East Asian Institute Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Durham, Donald Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fritz, Chester Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ho, Franklin L. Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
How, Julie Lien-ying, -1982 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hu, Shi, 1891-1962 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Huang, Renlin, 1901-1983 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Huang-Shen, Yiyun Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Koo, V. K. Wellington, 1888-1985 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kung, H. H. (Hsiang-hsi), 1880-1967 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Letters Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Li, Hanhun, 1895- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Li, Huang, 1895-1991 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Li, Shuhua, 1890-1979 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Li, Zongren, 1891-1969 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Liu, Ruiheng, 1890-1961 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Meng, Chih, 1900- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Missionaries -- China Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Portraits Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Seidman, Crystal Lorch Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Seymour, James Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tong, Te-kong, 1920-2009 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tsao, Kai-fu, 1921- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tsiang, Tingfu F. (Tingfu Fuller), 1895-1965 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wang, Minta Chou Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wang, Zhengting, 1882-1961 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wilbur, C. Martin (Clarence Martin), 1908-1997 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wu, Kuo-Cheng, 1903-1984 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Xu, Enzeng, 1898- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zhang, Fakui, 1896-1980 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zhong yang yan jiu yuan -- Jin dai shi yan jiu suo Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zhongguo guo min dang Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zuo, Shunsheng, 1893-1969 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Prof. C. Martin Wilbur 韋慕廷 (1907-1997) of the East Asian Institute, Columbia University, and Prof. Franklin L. Ho 何廉 (1905-1975) officially started the Chinese oral history project in 1958 to interview and document the life of prominent Chinese political leaders of Republican China (1911-1949) living abroad. The project was financed by Columbia University, the Ford Foundation, and later by the National Endowment for the Humanities. In designing the project, Professor Wilbur and Professor Ho decided to use an intensive approach instead of the extensive approach as in the American oral history project. They envisioned the project to concentrate on a few outstanding interviewees and to produce more accurate and detailed autobiographies. A total of nineteen prominent Chinese political figures residing in the U.S. and Hong Kong were interviewed. The Chines oral history project staff consisted of a team of scholarly interviewers with outstanding knowledge of modern Chinese history: Julie Lien-ying How (pinyin: Xia, Lianying; simplified Chinese: 夏连荫; traditional Chinese: 夏連蔭), Te-kong Tong (pinyin: Tang, Degang; simplified Chinese: 唐德刚; traditional Chinese: 唐德剛), Minta Chou Wang (王明德), Alice Kwong Bolocan, Kai-fu Tsao, Lillian Chu Chin, James Seymour, and Crystal Lorch Seidman. The scholar interviewers worked as collaborators, translators, and co-authors with the interviewees closely in the process of drafting, editing (and/or translating) the interview transcription, which later becomes their memoir. The project produced a total of sixteen finalized oral history interviews that were deposited at RBML for future scholarly research, many of which were later published. The project officially ended in the 1980s.